Storm Riders: Spirit of the West

The Storm Rider series aims to celebrate the strength of our industry while highlighting some of the many ways businesses have overcome the challenges resulting from COVID-19. We are proud to showcase how the following businesses have adapted while celebrating the people who are at the heart of what we do. In this post, we hear from Spirit of the West on Quadra Island.

Why do you do what you do?

Getting people to slow down and connect with wild and stunning spaces is so important! Seeing how people truly relax and recharge is extremely rewarding and they can’t help but get a soft spot in their heart for the trees, the whales, and the coastal environment which is very so important for ultimately protecting these very places.

What is your hope for the future of our region?

We hope our region is able to continue to work at bringing people together to ensure that tourism benefits communities and the environment while protecting what makes this area so inherently special. We hope for regenerative tourism to become the norm.

What do you most want people to know about your business?

There is no better way to truly immerse yourself with a place than in a kayak and it is the perfect mode of travel in current times. Wide-open spaces and fewer faces also happens to be our specialty.

In your own words, please share “”Travel matters because … “”

It brings people together and builds bridges and understanding through shared experience. Travel gives us perspective on our lives and helps us to feel grateful.

Other than your own business, what are 3 other businesses in your community that visitors should experience?

  • Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretative Center, Telegraph Cove
  • Aroma Coffee Roasters & Cafe Aroma, Quadra Island
  • Heriot Bay Inn, Restaurant and Pub, Quadra Island,